Well it was time to wipe the hard disk drive and look for the latest / greatest available Linux operating systems. I tried a bunch and settled on openSuSE 12.1 with the KDE desktop manager. The full details are on my web site here.
So, what does my desktop look like? Here it is:
And yes, on the lower right in the taskbar tray that is an icon for Microsoft Word 2007. Cool thing is that I do not need the Microsoft operating system to run Microsoft applications / programs!